A building permit is required for all structure (residential, commercial or industrial) including, but not limited to - new works, alterations, additions, swimming pools, spas (below and above ground), safety barriers (fencing) for pools and spas, patios and sheds.
For further information, or to provide feedback, please email
Building Permit Application forms can be downloaded via the Building Commission of Western Australia website.
To find out more, see When is a Building Permit Required?
The City recognises that during the construction and development of properties, there is a need to use the space on verge areas while construction is taking place. Equally, costly damage to City property in the road reserve area such as the road pavement, kerbs, footpaths, drains, street trees and plants is often caused by building and/or demolition works.
All buildings that are of Classes 2-9 including buildings other than single residential dwellings Class 1 and appurtenant outbuildings/non-habitable Class 10 buildings, require an Occupancy Permit prior to the building being occupied.
Strata Title Applications
A strata title is a means of dividing up a property title to allow for multiple ownership.
The Local Authority, in this instance the City of Kwinana, only forms a part of the approval process for having a Strata Plan lodged with Landgate for their endorsement and issue of the Strata Titles.
If you have done building work without prior approval, or purchased a property with unauthorised structure/s, you may be able to submit an application to obtain retrospective approval from the City.
Signs and Hoardings
A Building Permit is necessary prior to the erection of a sign other than some exempt signs as described in the Local Law
To obtain a Building Permit, it is necessary to submit to the City's Building Department a copy of sign construction, sign writing and the proposed location of the sign on the site together with a Sign Licence Application Form
Depending on the type of sign/advertising that is proposed, a Building Permit and a Sign Licence may be required, and in some instances a Planning Approval may also need to be obtained.
Some signs can be constructed without any approvals if the Building and Planning Legislation exempts them. Such exemptions are dependent on size, location and sign face of the proposed sign/advertising device and the zoning of the land the sign will be erected on.
For further information, please contact the City's Building Services on 9439 0208.
Useful information for Builders
Building Work includes, but not limited to the removal of internal walls, the installation of fittings, the replacement of windows and doors containing glazing, constructing rooms in roof spaces and the construction of garages and extensions.